Sowing and reaping (2 Cor. 9:6)

“The point is this.

He who sows sparingly

Will also reap sparingly.

The one who sows bountifully

Will also reap bountifully.”

Τοῦτο δέ, ὁ σπείρων φειδομένως δεόμενος καὶ θερίσει, καὶ ὁ σπείρων ἐπ’ εὐλογίαις ἐπ’ εὐλογίαις καὶ θερίσει.

Paul said that the point is this (Τοῦτο δέ).  He who sows (ὁ σπείρων) sparingly (φειδομένως), will also reap (καὶ θερίσει) sparingly (φειδομένως).  The one who sows (καὶ ὁ σπείρων) bountifully (ἐπ’ εὐλογίαις), will also reap (καὶ θερίσει) bountifully (ἐπ’ εὐλογίαις).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word φειδομένως that means sparingly.  Paul once again used an agricultural analogy to make his point about this collection for the Jerusalem Jewish Christians.  Whoever sowed sparingly, would reap sparingly.  Whoever sowed bountifully, would reap bountifully.  Thus, the more that they gave in this collection, the better it would be for them.  It stands to reason that the more seeds that you sow, the bigger the harvest.  Thus, Paul made his point.  Be generous, and get a bigger reward.  Are you generous in your church collections?

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